Archive for February 27th, 2007

The people upstairs, Part II

Remember my rant about the people living upstairs?

Apparently, the young woman who wakes up early and talks to the phone is a spammer. She woke me up early one morning and I was able to make out most of what she was saying on the phone. She would call people and talk unstoppably.

Phone spammers in US are usually paid minimum wage. I am not sure how she and her mother are able to pay the $1700 monthly rent (if that’s all they do).

The case of the PPC ROM images

For years now XDA-Developers had an FTP site setup where people would upload their ROM images of their phones to share with others. This was a very popular and useful service, because as some people were buying their phones months after some others, they had a better chance of getting an updated firmware with their phone. And hence, they shared their bug-fixed version of firmware with others. This was mostly true for HTC-manufactured phones.

Now, the FTP site was taken down by Microsoft’s lawyers. I am personally not happy about this because these phones are not supported by their OEM anymore (in my case, QTek). There are no official web sites where customers can get the latest and greatest ROM upgrades to fix their problems. Usually, cellphones have less than 1 year of software update support from these OEMs!

The only thing an active user can now do to get updated is keep buying new cellphones each year in order to be ahead of the game in terms of software support! This simply sucks!

Because the carriers don’t want it to, the phone market does not resemble the PC clone market where a single Windows copy must support all PCs that ever walked the earth. But the point is that users need to have more value out of the device they just purchased. I mean, it’s just not fair to have a brand new smartphone and not get a good support cycle with new Windows versions for up 2-3 years. This will put a stop in the amount of new models released, but you know, that’s a good thing for the consumer. Just not as good for the manufacturer.

?? est? OSNews

This is a blog post for those who don’t bother to read OSNews’ contact page or the forum rules before they comment on

OSNews is not just about Operating System news. It is not about Open Source news either. Neither about Obese Seals.

OSNews is a blog-style TECH magazine. Anything technical that is interesting enough, it can be posted there. It has an inclination towards operating systems, yes, but it can not survive on that niche alone and so from time to time, other kinds of news/reviews are posted there too. And just like is not about onions or is not about fresh meat, same thing about OSNews, it is not just about operating systems.

So, people, please don’t get on my nerves when you are seeing a hardware review in there.